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Writing for Crystal Coffin's follow-up to THE TRANSFORMATION ROOM has now been completed. Tentatively entitled NO GODS, NO ANGELS, the second album's music focuses the melody-based instrumentation found on THE TRANSFORMATION ROOM into succinctly delivered black metal pieces with increased lyrical intensity and layering. 

Set during the days leading up to the catastrophic events at Pripyat's Chernobyl nuclear power plant in April 1986, the album will loosely tell the story of an operator's discovery of a cosmic gateway behind one of the reactor's secondary consoles. Allowing for exploration outside the known cosmos, the operator goes on a search for gods and angels - a search for omniscience or an omnipotent being helping to steer the actions on earth. During one such trip, the meltdown at Chernobyl's reactor 4 occurs closing the portal-way to earth. His navigation back must now be through the layers of toxic atmosphere causing him to burn into ash and mix with the debris strewn about by raging fire atop the reactor's roof.

Coming Spring 2021.

Writing for Crystal Coffin's follow-up to THE TRANSFORMATION ROOM has now been completed. Tentatively entitled NO GODS, NO ANGELS, the second album's music focuses the melody-based instrumentation found on THE TRANSFORMATION ROOM into succinctly delivered black metal pieces with increased lyrical intensity and layering.

Set during the days leading up to the catastrophic events at Pripyat's Chernobyl nuclear power plant in April 1986, the album will loosely tell the story of an operator's discovery of a cosmic gateway behind one of the reactor's secondary consoles. Allowing for exploration outside the known cosmos, the operator goes on a search for gods and angels - a search for omniscience or an omnipotent being helping to steer the actions on earth. During one such trip, the meltdown at Chernobyl's reactor 4 occurs closing the portal-way to earth. His navigation back must now be through the layers of toxic atmosphere causing him to burn into ash and mix with the debris strewn about by raging fire atop the reactor's roof.

Coming Spring 2021.

ABOUT

CRYSTAL COFFIN is:

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ARON SHUTE - Vocals and Bass
LENKYN OSTAPOVICH - Guitars and Synthesizer
ROB POIRIER - Drums

CRYSTAL COFFIN is a melodic black metal trio from Vancouver, Canada that has played together since 2017. Comprised of members from previous Vancouver acts DESTROY ALL and CASKETS, as well as current doom outfit KOMA, their music references a shared interest in 1970's/80's Italian horror cinema, both visually and musically. CRYSTAL COFFIN combines black metal song styles with influences of prog and ambient/electronic music while re-imagining 19th and 20th century atrocities as poetry and melody.

In January 2019, the band released a collection of demos that would help comprise their first full-length, THE TRANSFORMATION ROOM, released March 2020. 

MUSIC

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THE TRANSFORMATION ROOM is the first full-length by Vancouver band Crystal Coffin. Recorded during the winter 2019, the album casts pastoral figures from Eastern Europe's early 20th century in an eternal struggle where one's starvation and pain is transformed into an icy form of immortality. 39 minutes of howling vocals, heavy guitars, and folk imagery.

"...like Bathory meets EyeHateGod!" -North By Northern

"I wish more bands of the genre were this open-minded" -No Such Music News

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REVIEWS

Reviews from the Crypt - North from Northern

Crystal Coffin hail from Vancouver, Canada. This is their debut full length record and it contains 8 songs. The music of this band is pretty interesting because it borders somewhere between melodic black metal, sludge and darkened hardcore, with some doomy elements thrown in for good measure. If I must compare this music it would be like Bathory meets EyeHateGod plus Woods of Ypres thus creating a really fine record indeed. The music is not so fast, rather slower atmospheric songs, with screaming vocals, raw but melodic guitar riffs and keyboard harmonies which add to the heavy atmosphere of the songs. For me, the finest songs on this record are As Certain As The Grave and I Emerge. Nice one, indeed!

8,5/10

No Such Music News

The group plays a melodic brand of black metal with crystal clear production (no pun intended). Despite the melodic label, Crystal Coffin creates the same bleak and intense soundscape of "conventional" black metal. The difference is how they achieve that. The inventive riffs of the band, which rely on repetitive patterns but also out-of-the-box chords and harmonies, are the main responsibles for making The Transformation Room such an intense experience. When combined with the petrifying tones of the synths the result is suffocating to say the least.

"As Certain As the Grave" is the centerpiece of the album, a complex composition with a cathartic coda where ghostly synths and a grandious riff meet in astonishing proportions. Luckily the following track is a brief instrumental piece giving the listener a couple minutes to pull him/herself together.

Target Destroyed

Excellent! If you like Forgotten Tomb, you'll definitely enjoy Crystal Coffin too! Outstanding debut! \m/

BCB723

I sat on this one a while before listening. What a mistake - really good stuff here that meets at an almost doom/thrash sound. The trio format allows a focused directness to these riffs and songs, with room for the melodies of the howled punkish vocals to crawl on top of the bottomless riffs. That verse, guitar bridge and fade-out solo on "As Certain As The Grave"... incredible. The fact that this is their debut is insane - a great album and band to support!

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Do you ever have one of those "Whaaaaa...?" moments? I have them a lot with music. I come upon bands and records that fit into one of those little niches I love, and it's usually more shocking that I hadn't heard of it before or listened to it yet. Such was my reaction to Crystal Coffin and their first full-length, THE TRANSFORMATION ROOM.

Last year, many of us here at HBIH were blown away by the 5 track EP from the Vancouver trio. Their brand of sludgy black metal was dirty enough to get us all but melodic enough to keep us all locked in. The band had been together for only 2 years at that time, but their music showed a maturity far beyond their years. Speaking personally, I thought the songs were some of the most interestingly written songs I'd ever heard on an EP, especially consider they were the first songs the band had record together ever.

This year's full-length shows a very rare kind of growth. While 3 of the tracks are re-recorded versions from the EP, they still blend seamlessly with the rest of the songs. Every song on this record fits into that same style they established and show off all kinds of ideas that naturally grew out of the demo. Recording last year's demo taught the band a lot about how to record an album and how to use the studio as an music instrument.

More importantly, the trio learned how to write a fully flesh out song. These songs aren't just riffs cobbled together. Every part of the song needs to be there, and every note, chord, melody, and beat is exactly what's needed to build the songs to catharsis. While "I Emerge" hasn't changed much from the demo to THE TRANSFORMATION ROOM, it still has that seeming progressive songwriting style, sections flowing effortlessly from one section to the next.

For a better example of how the band's songwriting has grown, look no further than "As Certain As the Grave." The song needs to be built up to achieve what the bands needs it to do. The mature thing I noticed was how well each part of the song works together. They all blend to make a delightful listening experience to feel a similar feeling throughout the track. Even the dramatic turns still feel connected, a feat rarely achieved in music. In that way, it feels like this band has been making music for lifetimes, like they had it all figured out years ago. It makes THE TRANSFORMATION ROOM that much more impressive.

THE TRANSFORMATION ROOM is a serious hell of a record. It has a seriously dark sound and a depressive black metal sound with a unique sense of melody and rhythm. Not many artists can achieve that in an entire career, much less on their first full-length album. I've already decided that this is a record I will be coming back to over and over again. I find its darkness quite beautiful and compelling. I believe it would be quite difficult to disagree, but you're more than welcome to try.

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UPCOMING SHOWS

2020: Due to the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic
all planned shows have been put on hold.

For future booking/distribution inquiries please write to
contact@crystal-coffin.com.

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